Known for her refined and tasteful preferences, it may come as no surprise that Selena Lee (李施嬅) was born and raised in a wealthy family. Her father owned a company that produced calculators, so Selena’s childhood was free from financial worries. She was often spoiled with brand name items and had many opportunities to travel and study abroad.
After participating in the 2003 Miss Hong Kong competition, Selena officially stepped foot in the entertainment industry. At the time, she continued to live a comfortable life, residing in an apartment that cost $50,000 HKD per month.
Financial Rock Bottom
Only one year after starting her career, however, her father’s company went bankrupt and owed more than $120 million HKD in debt. For the young Selena, she not only had to earn money to support herself at the time, but also took an active role in saving money to help her family pay off the debt. Recalling this low tide, Selena shared, “At one point, I only had $1 left in my account. For one entire day, I remember spending only $8 on bread to eat.”
Selena’s rise to popularity was slow and steady. For many years, there was not a single drama where she gained extreme recognition and boosted her popularity to A-list level. However, her consistent acting and diversified roles made her a staple in many high-budget dramas. Although she did not have a significantly memorable role, her consistent performances were often met with praise.
Thanks to the audience’s acknowledgement and her charm, Selena was able to earn extra income through commercials and other endorsements. In 2010, in addition to her acting career, Selena began dabbling in business. She has invested in a beauty school, fashion business, skincare clinic, and food business. Through these varied investments, Selena earned quite a large sum of money. She also previously invested in real estate, purchasing a property for $4 million HKD. Now, the property is worth more than $8 million HKD.
This article is written by Huynh for .
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